Blogging in the Art Room
One art teacher’s experience

   Presented by Christine Miller
      Williams High School
Plano I...
What is a
blog?
...aka Weblog
Electronic conversation
(in the art class a blog can be......)

  Vehicle for the teacher’s         Web based teaching
  v...
Personal
Pleasure
A fun endeavor!
Ms. Miller’s Art Blog
http://tagartteacher.blogspot.com

 3 1/2 years of art
 exploration
 I choose the art - from
 the li...
Student
Benefits
They love technology!
A showcase of work and words
 Web gallery for their
 artwork
 “Blog pals” with other
 classrooms
 Their personal art
 disc...
Educational
Benefits
Learning can be fun!
Technology - it’s everywhere!
 Web based info can be      You and your students
 accessed anywhere          become more pr...
District Web Portals

 Limited public access
 Forums for online
 discussion
 Survey and voting for
 favorite capabilities
...
District Blog
Featured Artist
Personal blog post - showcasing student art
Art CAN contribute to school’s testing
objectives!

 Connect classroom
 instruction to real life
 Broaden understanding
 a...
Requirement to increase use
of technology in classroom
Dichotomies of limited
equipment, space and
software
Create a virtu...
Course, Age and
Extra-curricular support
 Interdisciplinary connections
 with science, history, math,
 etc.

 Post art wor...
Keeping up
with
Technology
Benefits of doing it!
There’s no going back
Creative space to         Easy to customize your
strengthen your           blog with:
technology ski...
Have fun & breathe easier
 Feel the satisfaction of:
   providing fun for
   students
   keeping up with
   change
   be a...
Blog Tools

Blogger:
http://www.blogger.com/start

Edublog:
http://edublogs.org/

The Art Teacher’s
Guide to the Internet:...
Some of my favs...
Masterpiece Cards
www.themasterpiececards.com

Smart History
http://smarthistory.org/blog/

Art Blog by...
Some cautionary notes
 Be sure you follow district
 policies for publishing student
 work, photos & names

 Moderate the b...
How far can it reach?

 Install counter - find out
 who’s going to your
 blog
 View keyword activity
 Data about search
 en...
Think no one is looking?
 Find out who in the
 WORLD is looking at
 your blog!
 Most are hits, but cherish
 those who ling...
Resources
Douglas, Katherine, “The Art Blog,
Your Own Place on the Web”,
School Arts, 52, Oct. 2006

Overby, Alexandra, “T...
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    1. 1. Blogging in the Art Room One art teacher’s experience Presented by Christine Miller Williams High School Plano Independent School District TAEA Conference November 2009
    2. 2. What is a blog? ...aka Weblog
    3. 3. Electronic conversation (in the art class a blog can be......) Vehicle for the teacher’s Web based teaching views about art instrument A linear diary exploring Showcase for teacher/ artists, exhibitions, student work techniques, events and Resource for links to more! related art blogs, Forum for class dialogue museums, web pages - regular assignment or extra credit A creative space
    4. 4. Personal Pleasure A fun endeavor!
    5. 5. Ms. Miller’s Art Blog http://tagartteacher.blogspot.com 3 1/2 years of art exploration I choose the art - from the little known to iconic Personal diary of discoveries Fun way to stay up with technology
    6. 6. Student Benefits They love technology!
    7. 7. A showcase of work and words Web gallery for their artwork “Blog pals” with other classrooms Their personal art discoveries can be included in teacher blog Students ideas matter - they have a voice
    8. 8. Educational Benefits Learning can be fun!
    9. 9. Technology - it’s everywhere! Web based info can be You and your students accessed anywhere become more proficient with technology Plug into their interest 24/7 convenience Hyperlinks expand their path - the World Wide Win points with your Web becomes their school administrators classroom
    10. 10. District Web Portals Limited public access Forums for online discussion Survey and voting for favorite capabilities Text and image boxes
    11. 11. District Blog Featured Artist
    12. 12. Personal blog post - showcasing student art
    13. 13. Art CAN contribute to school’s testing objectives! Connect classroom instruction to real life Broaden understanding about studio projects Develop higher level thinking Strengthen writing skills
    14. 14. Requirement to increase use of technology in classroom Dichotomies of limited equipment, space and software Create a virtual classroom outside the classroom! Connect to District, State and National Standards
    15. 15. Course, Age and Extra-curricular support Interdisciplinary connections with science, history, math, etc. Post art work to support Academic Decathlon, Art I, AP Studio, AP Art History Showcase Art Club Broad age range - make age specific
    16. 16. Keeping up with Technology Benefits of doing it!
    17. 17. There’s no going back Creative space to Easy to customize your strengthen your blog with: technology skills Widgets Blogosphere is rich and Flickr exciting You Tube Just google a question Google Docs and find the answer Imbed, upload, attach....
    18. 18. Have fun & breathe easier Feel the satisfaction of: providing fun for students keeping up with change be a life long learner look good at school
    19. 19. Blog Tools Blogger: http://www.blogger.com/start Edublog: http://edublogs.org/ The Art Teacher’s Guide to the Internet: http://artjunction.org/blog/
    20. 20. Some of my favs... Masterpiece Cards www.themasterpiececards.com Smart History http://smarthistory.org/blog/ Art Blog by Bob http://artblogbybob.blogspot.com/ 50 Best Art blogs for Art History Buffs http://www.onlinecollege.org/
    21. 21. Some cautionary notes Be sure you follow district policies for publishing student work, photos & names Moderate the blog so unwanted comments won’t be posted Take care that you carefully screen web pages for objectionable content Be mindful of copyright rules - cite, cite, cite
    22. 22. How far can it reach? Install counter - find out who’s going to your blog View keyword activity Data about search engines
    23. 23. Think no one is looking? Find out who in the WORLD is looking at your blog! Most are hits, but cherish those who linger My average monthly stats - reporting 2 mo. 1st time visitors 2,000 p/mo Returning visitors 60 p/mo
    24. 24. Resources Douglas, Katherine, “The Art Blog, Your Own Place on the Web”, School Arts, 52, Oct. 2006 Overby, Alexandra, “The New Conversation, Using Weblogs for Reflective Practice in the Studio Art Classroom”, Art Education, 18-24, July 2009 Technology Teacher Workshop - Blogging Resources, Dallas Museum of Art, February 21, 2009

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